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im in y11 picking a levels and I've gone back and forth so many times. I was initially set on English, psych and Econ but I've become inc less confident in English and am constantly hearing about how rough it is. I ended up applying for Econ, politics and psychology and am hoping do do law or ppe at uni ( I know many want maths tho). Can anyone tell me if they do these subjects how they are and if I would be better off doing a pure subject instead of one of them. Do unis value these a levels well basically? I am also stuck on whether to do A-Level maths or not, Im currently at a grade 9 in maths and getting well over the grade boundary each paper but I always thought I was better suited to English. Basically I don't know if I would be able to get an A in a level maths bc I know its so hard. Pls help!!! Should I chose maths or not ??xx
Original post by saffronarora
im in y11 picking a levels and I've gone back and forth so many times. I was initially set on English, psych and Econ but I've become inc less confident in English and am constantly hearing about how rough it is. I ended up applying for Econ, politics and psychology and am hoping do do law or ppe at uni ( I know many want maths tho). Can anyone tell me if they do these subjects how they are and if I would be better off doing a pure subject instead of one of them. Do unis value these a levels well basically? I am also stuck on whether to do A-Level maths or not, Im currently at a grade 9 in maths and getting well over the grade boundary each paper but I always thought I was better suited to English. Basically I don't know if I would be able to get an A in a level maths bc I know its so hard. Pls help!!! Should I chose maths or not ??xx

I've known people on grade 6s and 7s in maths who chose a level further maths, so if your on a grade 9 at gcse I think you'll be fine in a level maths. It is very heavy though from what I've heard, maybe research the topics involved? Also I take psychology a level and it is very content heavy but if you have a good revision schedule from the beginning and keep it up then it's alright, although people have told me that politics is also quite content heavy too (dk abt economics tho) but like I said just keeping a good schedule should help. The three a levels that you've chose are good options for wanting to study law at university so if you do decide to change one of them to english or maths you'd still be fine I think, but I'd personally recommend that if you do decide to change to one of those that you choose english as I think it be more beneficial to you in law than maths would, but still do your research bc I'm not expert on that. But like I said I personally think your options are fine for law so ig it just comes down to what you enjoy the most and if your grades will get you into the a level
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Hii! I'm a year 13 student about to sit A Levels in both English Literature and Economics.

My best piece of advice: choose a subject that you both enjoy, are good at (if you haven't done it before you at least have an active interest in), and that would be good for a degree that you feel you are interested in (if this degree changes you will likely be fine anyway).

English Literature
Honestly i don't think its ever that hard of a subject; you write completely differently to how you do in GCSE English Lit/Lang, but even though it was daunting at first, it's easy to get the hang of once you've ditched the writing habits of year 11. It has also really helped me analyse with a closer lense, and create well informed judgements.
Of course, if you don't like reading books/poems then don't bother choosing the subject because you are less likely to get top grades if you haven't read the 300 page book ygm.
With a PPE degree, English is also highly valued -- it shows that you can do in-depth analysis and relate themes, motifs and critiques (e.g. Feminist critique, Marxist critique) all in one.

Economics
Very interesting subject that has definitely been fun to learn -- however:
This is a subject that needs a lot of effort put in to get top grades. The memorising part is easy, but this is definitely an A level exam that easily shows examiners whether you actually understand the content and can apply it to real economic context (e.g. the effects of inflation in the UK on householders, firms, and the government).
If you are someone who doesn't like to go the extra mile -- perhaps business would be better suited, as you don't have to do as much research into specific firms/industries/countries etc. to facilitate your learning and understanding of the subject.
Unis value this subject quite greatly as it shows that you can do both qualitative and quantitative analysis and apply it to questions.
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Ask any more questions if needed :smile:
thank you sm
Original post by saffronarora
im in y11 picking a levels and I've gone back and forth so many times. I was initially set on English, psych and Econ but I've become inc less confident in English and am constantly hearing about how rough it is. I ended up applying for Econ, politics and psychology and am hoping do do law or ppe at uni ( I know many want maths tho). Can anyone tell me if they do these subjects how they are and if I would be better off doing a pure subject instead of one of them. Do unis value these a levels well basically? I am also stuck on whether to do A-Level maths or not, Im currently at a grade 9 in maths and getting well over the grade boundary each paper but I always thought I was better suited to English. Basically I don't know if I would be able to get an A in a level maths bc I know its so hard. Pls help!!! Should I chose maths or not ??xx

As an English Language and Literature student (combined course) it is definitely rough but things do start to come to you slowly throughout the course. If you are at a grade 9 for maths now, you will 100% be able to cope with Alevel. You can always start with maths and if you truly are finding it too difficult you can always drop it for something else. Basically, just see what the courses that you want to do require and work from there. I can also say that whilst psychology is fun and my currently my favourite, it is **incredibly** content heavy. The concepts aren't difficult per se, but there is just so much of it that you have to remember.
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